Winter Sports Photography, with Tom Bol

Adventure sports photographer Tom Bol takes to the snow-covered slopes at Copper Mountain, Colorado (known for its skiing and killer snow boarding half pipes) to capture the extreme action of Winter sports in all its glory.

Be prepared to see some amazing shots and learn some techniques for capturing winter activities in your neck of the woods. Includes a special bonus class.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:42)

Tom Bol introduces you to the course and to David, a Copper Mountain employee, to go over the ski resort's facilities.

Lesson 2: Gear Guide (Duration 08:49)

The extreme temperature and wet snow of winter can take a toll on your gear. Plus, getting your gear up a mountain on a ski lift can be tricky. Tom gives you some great tips and goes over the gear he uses when shooting in the snow.

Lesson 3: Conquering No Contrast (Duration 08:51)

One of the toughest challenges of winter sports is the fact that snow acts as a giant white reflector in a giant white environment.

Lesson 4: Adding Flash (Duration 04:34)

Tom adds some fill light with a soft box to get a more dramatic look to his portraits in the bright sunlight.

Lesson 5: Getting a Powder Shot (Duration 02:49)

You only get one chance to get an action shot on a pristine powder surface before having to change the angle.

Lesson 6: Wide Angle with Fill Flash (Duration 06:38)

Tom freezes the action and catches the sun with a wide angle, Radio Poppers, high-speed sync and a fast shutter speed.

Lesson 7: Action Flash Freeze (Duration 09:30)

It's great if your subject knows the terrain. Eddie (the snowboarder) shows Tom a little cliff with a great background - Perfect for action shots with a quick turnaround time.

Lesson 8: Super Pipe Action (Duration 07:17)

As the light changes and the snow begins to fall, Tom switches to one strobe and one chance per pass to catch the big air shot.

Lesson 9: Action Photo Sequence (Duration 05:56)

Day 3 brings beautiful blue skies - Perfect for some fast action shots to make a photo sequence composite.

Lesson 10: Composing a Sunstar Shot (Duration 07:16)

Tom uses high-speed sync to get a great shot that also catches the sun without ghosting the image.

Lesson 11: Woodward (Duration 00:56)

Get a quick overview of the Woodward Training Facility - The world's first indoor ski and snowboard training camp at Copper Mountain.

Lesson 12: POV Photography (Duration 04:41)

Inside the Woodward Training Facility, Tom Bol goes over POV (Point of View) photography equipment and shows you some things you can do with it.

Lesson 13: BONUS: Post-Process Composite Shot (Duration 07:55)

As a special bonus, Tom Bol shows you how he made the composites featured in Lesson 9.

Meet Your Instructor: Tom Bol

Creative. Outgoing. Detailed. Funny. This is how clients describe Tom and his crew. His career began with a journalism degree and wanderlust. It continues with portraits, edgy light and restless…


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